292 Rocks, Core Smalltalk running thanks to all
christian.thalinger at oracle.com
Mon Apr 11 06:07:15 PDT 2011
On Apr 11, 2011, at 3:00 PM, Mark Roos wrote:
> I know you are all working hard to bring 292 to a release so I thought I would take a moment
> to thank you all for your work and to tell you how much that work helped with our Smalltalk
> We have about 500K lines of Smalltalk code which we want to run on the JVM. The approach we
> picked was to translate the Smalltalk byte codes to jvm byte codes. We (oscar and myself) had
> looked at this prior to 292 but it seemed like a lot of work. But after attending the last
> dynamic languages conference we decided to give it a shot with invoke dynamic.
> Wow, the implementation went extremely well. We were able to implement all of the Smalltalk constructs
> with what is there today. We are loading an image ( ST's code base), creating java classes on demand,
> and using invoke dynamic to execute Smalltalk code on the jvm. All this with a part time effort. The
> ease of putting a true dynamic language on the jvm was a wonder in itself. All this with about 3K lines
> of java code.
> Thanks to everyone for making this a easy trip. Some work which saved us a lot of time: John's anno
> Class loader, Rémi's work on ASM4 and Stephen's Mac ports. And all of the friendly advice on this list.
> We have lots of code to pour in and test but the uncertainty is gone.
That's great news! I would like to give it a shot and run a couple of tests on different machines and architectures. Is that possible?
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